Head Coach Trish MacNeil
I swam for many years with the Ajax and Pickering swim clubs in the Elite stream, at York University and later as a Masters swimmer with Port Hope. I joined the NORAC coaching staff in 2005. We moved to the US where I coached with the Premier Aquatics of Klein Swim Club (PACK) in Spring Texas for 1 season and upon returning to the area, I once again coached with NORAC. I also coached for the St. Mary High School team in Cobourg for several years.
I coach because of my love for the sport and the swimmers. I want them all to have a positive swimming environment, a great team culture, good time management skills, service to their community and a place where they can belong, feel good about themselves and excel.
I have been coaching with NORAC for many years. I have been blessed to have worked with so many swimmers from Northumberland. I have watched them grow from little nervous swimmers at their first swim meet to going on to do great things in the swimming world, through their educational pursuits and in their careers.
I am NCCP Level 1&2 Certified and I am Level 3 trained. I take many Coaching courses to ensure I am well educated and up to date and currently have over 220 Professional Development credits.
“I have met many amazing kids and families over the years and I am grateful to be able to give back to the community and foster a love of this amazing sport to the children of Northumberland. My mum was a big influence on me, she was a National swimmer and diver in Northern Ireland and her passion for this sport had a huge influence on me.”
Assistant Coaches for the 2023/2024 Season
Carly Gomes has been a competitive swimmer with NORAC for 14 years achieving provincial level standards. She currently swims with the master’s program and coaches alongside head coach Trish. She began coaching with NORAC in the swim school program in 2015 and has since been moved up to the assistant coach position. Carly is certified NCCP Level 1 and NLS certified. She is currently at Trent University in the Teacher Education Stream.
“NORAC has been a huge part of my life since the team and organization feel like family. Swimming has provided me with many opportunities and helped me grow as an individual and team member. Being an assistant coach brings me great joy. Socializing with the swimmers, helping them improve and watching them achieve their goals is very rewarding. Being an assistant coach also helps me on my path to become a teacher.”
Hannah is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). During Hannah’s time at OISE, she received the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Practice Teaching Award. Hannah holds qualifications in the Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior divisions.
Hannah’s passion for swimming started at NORAC and has led her to represent the University of Toronto provincially, nationally, and internationally. Some of her accomplishments include holding the 200m Butterfly Ontario University Record, being named the Ontario University Female Athlete of the Year, claiming multiple national titles at the Canadian University Championships (USPORTS), and leading Team Canada to a podium finish at the World University Games. As an NCCP Level 1 coach Hannah looks forward to meshing her love for teaching and swimming this season with NORAC!